Vietnam inaugurates world's largest prayer wheel

- through Henry Oudin

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Vietnam has added a new attraction for tourists and Buddhist pilgrims, with the recent inauguration of the grand prayer wheel Drigung Kagyu Rinchen Khorchen Khorwe Go Gek at the spiritual and cultural tourism site of Samten Hills Dalat in the highlands province. from the center of Lam Dong.

The grand prayer wheel, officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the largest prayer wheel in the world, was inaugurated on March 11 as part of the Samten Hills Dalat complex, which itself was inaugurated on March 7.

Inspired by the architectural heritage of the Himalayan region, the Grand Prayer Wheel at Samten Hills Dallas weighs 200 tons and is over 37 meters tall, with a circumference of 16,53 meters, and is inlaid with richly decorated 24-karat gold.

“The spiritual and cultural complex here will receive attention from the Vietnamese Buddhist community,” said a representative from Samten Hills Dalat. “With the largest prayer wheel in the world, Samten Hills Dalat is also responsible for creating spiritual and cultural space, reviving the flow of history and creating an important legacy in the formation of the Vietnamese (sic) space that flourished during the Ly-Tran dynasties centuries ago. . Until now, these legacies are still precious for the spiritual life of the Vietnamese people. (global newswire)

Along with the prayer wheel, the complex of Buddhist cultural and spiritual structures in Samten Hills Dalat is adorned with cult figures. Many people visit the site to appreciate the Buddhist symbolism and admire the beautiful mountain scenery which provides a peaceful setting for contemplation and reflection.

The grand prayer wheel and natural splendor of Lam Dong Province are widely promoted by Guinness World Records accreditation. In this way, Samten Hills Dalat has also come to represent the culture of diplomacy, friendship and peace between Vietnam, India and many other nations.

“Vietnam is one of the countries with favorable conditions and full convergence of schools in Buddhism. There are northern and southern Buddhist sects, Zen Buddhism, Pure Land Buddhism and Tantric Buddhism, including Vajrayana Buddhism,” said Nguyen Huu Dzung, vice chairman of the Fatherland Front Central Committee. from Vietnam. “In addition, Vietnamese Buddhism has also developed unique sects, and some can only be found in Vietnam, such as the Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen school and Mendicant Buddhism. They coexist, support and complement each other, pointing people towards truth, compassion and beauty. (global newswire)

Visitors can also see exquisite paintings of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and Sanghas with intricate features that are unique to these works, such as the startling resemblance between the delicate lines crafted by Himalayan painters and those of Vietnamese artists of the Ly Dynasty. . The resort also serves to support the local economy by increasing tourism and creating jobs.


Samten Hills Dalat is designed as a holistic destination for body, mind and spirit. At the center of the complex is the Vajrayana Buddhist Space founded by Venerable Drubwang Sonam Jorfel, a Buddhist monk who came to Vietnam from Ladakh in northern India.

Fri. Drubwang Sonam Jorfel and his followers established a cultural and spiritual center for Vajrayana Buddhism, Drikung Kagyu Samten Ling Vietnam, with the support of the Buddhist Association of Vietnam. As a cultural area of ​​Vajrayana Buddhism, it has been recognized by the Vietnam Union of UNESCO Associations.

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Henry Oudin

Henry Oudin is a Buddhist scholar, spiritual adventurer and journalist. He is a passionate seeker of the depths of Buddhist wisdom, and travels regularly to learn more about Buddhism and spiritual cultures. By sharing his knowledge and life experiences on Buddhist News, Henry hopes to inspire others to embrace more spiritual and mindful ways of living.

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